Ma Gurupriya

181 – by Swamini Ma Gurupriya – Sadhana for attaining purity of mind

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In this Satsang, Ma speaks about how the mind can be made calm, pure and placid. The seeker must cultivate Sattva Guna and make a sincere effort to reduce the influence of Rajo and Tamo Guna. When the Sattva Guna reaches its peak, the mind becomes placid and one has the realization of the Self. Such a mind is graced by contentment and exhilaration. The mind constantly abides in the Self and becomes supremely blissful, naturally and effortlessly.

Scriptures say that a discriminating man who makes sincere and diligent efforts and devotedly follows the disciplines of Yama and Niyama, attains placidity. Yama and Niyama are known to be moral codes. Yama consists of five disciplines—Ahimsa (non-harming by thought, word or deed), Satya (Truthfulness, Equalness in thought, speech and action), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (Celibacy) and Aparigraha (Non-acceptance of gifts and not hoarding anything.)

But spirituality always takes us to a deeper dimension. All these disciplines must be understood and practiced in such a way that one is constantly connected to the Ultimate Truth. In a deeper sense, Ahimsa is--renouncing hatefulness and blamefulness. Satya is--constantly aiming for the spiritual Truth, through all thoughts, speech, action and behaviour. Asteya is--renouncing all kinds of desires. Brahmacharya is--constantly dwelling in Brahman, giving it the supreme position in life. Aparigraha is - non-clinging to everything except the Self.

Niyama constitutes the following disciplines: Shaucham (cleanliness—both physical and internal), Santosha (Contentment), Tapas (Austerity), Svaadhyaaya (study of spiritual Texts), and Ishwara Pranidhaana (surrendering to the Lord). Ma emphasizes that a seeker must understand Niyama also in a deeper, spiritual manner. His only aim must be to know and become the self and every practice and discipline must be only to take him closer to his goal.

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